The Conservation Education Center is located in Swan Lake State Park, approximately 2 miles south of Carroll. From Highway 30 turn south on Grant Road, drive to 220th Street and turn east (following the signs). 220th can also be reached from Highway 71 and will lead you to the front door of the Center.
The Conservation Education Center is a regional facility serving Western Iowa, contributing towards the local economy and quality of life while providing educational, recreational, and cultural activities. The facility includes two large classrooms, an educational display area, kitchen, gift shop, elevator, restrooms, offices, boardroom, wildlife viewing deck, storm shelter, prairie restorations, and a backyard wetland connected via the 33-mile multi-use Sauk Rail Trail.
The Education Center provides programming for all ages and is fully ADA accessible. A state of the art audio/visual system assists in the facilitation of environmental education in an enhanced educational setting. The Center also features a natural resource library, with books and videos available for checkout to schools and individuals. Outdoor education opportunities lie just outside the back door, with a restored prairie (in progress) and a constructed wetland that lies below an agricultural field. Nature and water studies are possible during every season of the year. The Center is open to school visits, youth groups, special interest groups, bus tours, and the public. Public programs are regularly hosted on a wide range of environmental topics.
Hours of Operation & Seasons
The Conservation Board Office is located in the Education Center.
The Office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
The Concession/Gift Shop is located in the lower level of the Education Center and is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours of operation are Friday from 2:00 - 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. The Gift Shop is available by appointment during the off season.
Environmental Education Displays include a full-mount bison, a fur rack, children’s activity area, Native American display, historical maps, and more. The display area is designed as a self-interpretive experience, or can be used as part of your group’s educational program.